It is very important that we go out to see clients at home, when they are at immediate risk of suicide: a mental health emergency. We have always provided a combination of Suicide Crisis Centres (a safe place for clients to visit) and home visits.
We are still providing this during lockdown. This is an image (filmed before the Covid-19 crisis) of a BBC 6 O’ Clock news piece which focused on our Suicide Crisis Centre and how we respond to emergency situations.
We are continuing to provide suicide crisis services during the COVID-19 lockdown. We are documenting the impact on our clients of the national crisis.
In March we were approached by The Express newspaper, asking our opinion about who is most at risk of mental health crisis and suicide during the COVID-19 crisis. Our CEO’s opinions were captured in a article on the 26th March:
In April, The Telegraph published an article about the comments of our CEO regarding the use of war-like language to describe the response to COVID-19. She explained how it can deter people in mental health crisis from seeking help:
In June, an article about our Suicide Crisis Centre was featured in The Metro newspaper: “What it’s like to work in a suicide crisis centre during the pandemic”. It explains why we have continued to offer face to face support to people at high risk of suicide.
The Metro: “What it’s like to work in a suicide crisis centre during the pandemic”:
In June we were contacted by a senior project manager from the Ministry of Health in New Zealand. She is leading on their new national suicide prevention strategy. She explained that she had read Joy’s book about our work, had shared it among her colleagues at the Ministry, and wanted to learn more, to assist them as they develop their new strategy.
Further phone and email contact has taken place and Joy has been able to provide detailed information about our work. She has subsequently received an email from the Ministry which commends the work of Suicide Crisis, and describes it as inspiring. In the email, they asked Joy to reflect on the fact that the work of Suicide Crisis “is supporting other work across the world”.
We are delighted to announce that Hilary Rawles, one of our most experienced team members, has been named “most inspiring woman in the charitable sector” in the south west for 2019 by regional newspapers. She won the award for her work which was described as “life-saving and far beyond the call of duty”:
Joy, our founder and CEO, was a guest on BBC TV’s Victoria Derbyshire show on 22nd January, commenting on the newly published cross-government suicide prevention workplan. Details of the interview will be in our newsletter next month.
Our thanks to Sky News for interviewing Joy about the new book “Suicide Prevention Techniques: How A Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives” on 24th December. The live interview on their breakfast programme focused on the book at a time when high numbers of people are accessing our services and at a time when many people are in crisis – the difficult Christmas period.
The book “Suicide Prevention Techniques; How A Suicide Crisis Service Saves Lives” was written by our founder and CEO Joy Hibbins to explain in more detail than ever before the reasons why all clients under our care have survived. She explains our methods, approach and ethos and what we are doing that’s different from other crisis services. The book was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (Hachette UK) this month. It is available through most booksellers including Amazon. The author’s royalties are being paid by the publisher directly to our charity, so every copy sold raised money for our Suicide Crisis Centre. Here’s the link to the book: https://www.jkp.com/uk/suicide-prevention-techniques-2.html
This month we were invited to attend a consultative group meeting at the Ministry of Justice focusing on legal aid reform. This was in relation to evidence which we provided from our research into deaths by suicide in Gloucestershire. We have been asked to provide further information since the meeting, and our full report “Research Into Deaths By Suicide In Gloucestershire” is being shared with colleagues at the Ministry Of Justice who are working on other aspects of reform within the inquest system / coroner’s court.
This article written by our CEO in The Independent continues to be shared. She explains, from her own experience of having been sectioned, why women are at particular risk of suicide while detained in psychiatric hospital.
“A high proportion of these women may have experienced traumatic events involving physical assault or some other loss of power or control. That hospital staff understand this is a matter of life and death.”